Grand Niagara Golf Course was its usual stellar hosts for the third stop on the Titleist Niagara Junior Tour on Monday, July 17th. Bob Culig and all the staff were exceptional in helping the players have a great day. Ron, Don, John, Mel, Rob and all the outside staff took care of the kids tremendously.
John Taylor had the course in its usual pristine condition despite having heavy rains the night before and the food and beverage staff also provide a great lunch after golf.
There was some great golf played as well.
Taylor Simoneau, coming off a solid week at the Ontario Ladies Amateur championship including a hole in one on the 8th hole in her final round, captured the victory in the Girls Division. Starting rather poorly with a double and a quadruple bogey in her first three holes, Taylor held it together in championship form to card a 78 and nip runner-up Kayla Burke by two strokes. Third spot was Susan Leone at 85, fourth was Payton Bennett at 88 and fifth was Sasha Baker at 89.
Sammy Rootes capture the U13 Boys Division with a score of 85 nipping first two event winner Isaiah Ellis at 87. Third place was Anthony Sartor and tying for fourth was John Kingon and Michael Martel.
Nolan Piazza was the victor in the U15 division by one stroke after he carded a one over par 73 with nines of 35-38 nipping Ben MacLean who shot 74. Third spot was Luke DelGobbo at 78, fourth was Blake McGowan at 80 and rounding out the top five was Bradyn Wark at 81.
R. J. Derhodge was the winner in the U17 division shooting 78 to edge Peyton Enns by one stroke. Tied for third was Andrew Noble and Josh Holjak and tied for fifth was Jordan Antonucci and Jason Maloney at 81.
Defending Tour Champion Ethan Bennett won the U19 overall title firing nines of 36-36 for an even par total of 72. Ethan won by three strokes over last event winner Rein Zenka. Ben Simmonds was in third spot at 77, fourth was R. J. Derhodge and rounding out the top five was Peyton Enns.